The Doig River First Nation generously donated $2,500 this week to the Salvation Army to support its important work in the Fort St. John community.
"With COVID-19, we are unable to meet in person to deliver the cheque due to social distancing and public health orders, however, we know the funds will be really needed this year," Chief Trevor Makadahay said, noting his community is grateful for the support provided to its members and the community at large.
"With the downturn in the economy, COVID 19, it is important support and resource the Salvation Army to provide assistance to the most vulnerable. One of the DRFN’s core community values is to be a kind and inclusive community, not only at our Nation but also within the greater Peace Region community and we believe that supporting the Salvation Army (even from a distance) is our way of reflecting that core value."
The donation will go a long way to help the Salvation Army meet community needs this season.
Executive Director Cameron Eggie says the agency has seen 220 families come and receive Christmas hampers over the last few days, and 183 children come to receive bags of toys.
This year, the community has so far raised $122,000 in support of the Red Kettle campaign — well above its $75,000 goal.
"I am excited to say that the community has exceeded our expectations for Christmas giving," Eggie said. "We are very grateful. It has been a busy, but very rewarding time."
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